Gallery Sewing projects

Project 4: The Vintage Polka Dot Dress


This Post has been way overdue! But i`m more than glad to finally share with you another project that has been on the working for the longest time ever!

Happy Monday Everyone šŸ™‚

Well if you know me well enough, you`ll probably know that i have a soft spot for dresses. I always wanted to make one from scratch by myself and i`m more than glad that this project gave me the opportunity to do exactly so. As the year was almost coming to an end, i knew i wanted to make something really special for Christmas. This particular dress was what instantly came to mind. So as i was fabric shopping, i intially came across a white and blue print that i wanted to get. But the fabric itself wasn`t as flowy as how i anticipated it to be. The Christmas Season is actaully what inspired me to choose this polka dot satin material which gave me the results that i was looking for.

So first things first. One thing i`ve learnt since i started sewing is that not all fabrics are a joy working with. This one in particular tested my patience on another level. The biggest challenge that i had to deal with was hemming the lower part of the dress (circle skirt) and the lining attached to it. That took alot of my time. I also realized that after attaching the bodice to the skirt, one of the sides wasn`t correctly aligned together. So that`sĀ  something that i have to have an eye on for my future projects. Just when i thought i had seen the worst and went ahead to try on the dress, i realized that getting inside it was and still is Yoga plus a HIIT Cardio workout put together!! The zipper that i initially chose for the dress was way too short. I needed one that was long enough to accomodate the circle skirt as well. The learning experience that i have received with this number is insane. The starting point is always the hardest but i believe with Faith, Hardwork, Lots of Practise and being Consistent, i will improve my skills for the better.

All in all, i`m totally in love with the fit, length and the pattern of this dress. I will absolutely give it another try with a different fabric and pattern in the near future. I can totally see myself wearing this to church or even a dinner date with my ever amazing hubby. Though the pattern itself stands out alot, i still opted to add some oomph to it by adding a belt and a clutch. The belt really helped in synching my waist area. I think it actaully gave the whole outfit a 1970`s vintage vibe hence why i decided to add my platform heels.

This Project is a good reminder that no matter how hard, frustrating or challanging anything can be, giving up should never be an option. In the contrary, taking more time to figure out where the problem is and trying our level best to find a solution is what we should always strive for.Ā  When we learn we come back smarter, stronger and better. That`s how we grow and growth (no matter how small or big) is very essential in our every day life.

Jeremiah 29:11

“For i know the plans i have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you Hope and a Future”

This is just one of the verses in the Bible that i really love. It really encourages me and gives me strength whenever i feel down. I hope it speaks as much volume as it has done in my life.

Thank you all for reading and stopping by.

Be blessed and have an amazing week ahead šŸ™‚



Outfit Details

Dress by Me

Clutch: Gift

Shoes: Deichmann

Belt: Thrifted

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  • Reply Fashionably Idu 27/02/2017 at 1:06 am

    Thank you for that Bible verse. I LOVE IT! With all the challenges you faced, this dress came out looking fantastic. Your smile omg -WINNER!

    • Styled by Milly
      Reply Styled by Milly 27/02/2017 at 12:23 pm

      Thank you for stopping by hunny! God bless you so much šŸ™‚

  • Reply Rayelle 27/02/2017 at 9:25 am

    Hahahaha. The struggle of sewing is real. I personally hate it when I have to undo the stitches and redo them. You did a good job thought I love the outcome. Practice makes perfect. Keep on keeping on.

    • Styled by Milly
      Reply Styled by Milly 27/02/2017 at 12:25 pm

      Hahaha! Don`t even start with undoing those stitches!! If you don`t have patience my dear, then sewing isn`t for you! Thanks ma`…

  • Reply Aimie Closet 27/02/2017 at 11:19 am

    Aren’t you just refreshing …. First, this is such a great start for you hun considering its your first dress….. Practice sure does make perfect and in due time you’ll learn how to sail through the stressful fabrics….. I am so in love with this boo….. Great job and have an awesome week ahead

    • Styled by Milly
      Reply Styled by Milly 27/02/2017 at 12:26 pm

      I can`t wait for that day my dear Aimie. I know it surely will reach! Thank you for reading and staying fabulous babe šŸ™‚

  • Reply Sonia 27/02/2017 at 1:06 pm

    First of all babe I’m so proud of how far you’ve come with your sewing projects. Wow this one is sure a winner for me and the material is just Amazing. Love the bible verse. All in all it. Enjoy your week babe

  • Reply Nina 27/02/2017 at 8:09 pm

    Proud of you girl keep slaying

  • Reply Tiffany 27/02/2017 at 8:43 pm

    Hi and happy new week!! You did an amazing job and you captured the beauty of this dress perfectly! Stay encouraged and you and your family are in my prayers! Blessings and love to you


    • Styled by Milly
      Reply Styled by Milly 01/03/2017 at 10:27 am

      Thank you Siz šŸ™‚
      You have been such a great encouragement in my life. God bless you…

  • Reply Stephanie 28/02/2017 at 3:31 am

    Absolutely beautiful! So happy for you and your accomplishment. Can’t wait to see your future creations! Hope you have a fabulous week!


    • Styled by Milly
      Reply Styled by Milly 01/03/2017 at 10:27 am

      Thank you so much Stephanie. Appreciate it hun šŸ™‚

  • Reply MAISHA 28/02/2017 at 11:51 am

    lovely shiny dress.. super can try pink pumps too, it will go well.. loved your blog..
    keep in touch sweets

    • Styled by Milly
      Reply Styled by Milly 01/03/2017 at 10:29 am

      Oooh! Never thought of that but you are absolutely right! Pink and red is a lovely combo together. Will have to try that out. Thank you so much for the tip!

  • Reply stephylately 28/02/2017 at 9:51 pm

    I would definitely rock this look to church or a wedding. I love how ladylike this dress is. I cant believe you made this. I will be waiting for my own dress in the post. Stay blessed.x

  • Reply Carol 01/03/2017 at 9:53 am

    You look gorgeous! I love the dress.
    That verse is what I needed right now.

    • Styled by Milly
      Reply Styled by Milly 01/03/2017 at 10:30 am

      I`m glad that amazing verse blessed you Careol. Thank you so much for the Love and Support my dear!

  • Reply wendee 01/03/2017 at 3:04 pm

    wow…the dress is so beautiful. well done!


  • Reply Elle 01/03/2017 at 6:24 pm

    Oh hun you look so lovely and May God bless the work of your hands.

  • Reply Florence 02/03/2017 at 11:24 pm

    You did great, the dress is beautiful.

  • Reply Wanjiru Kariuki 03/03/2017 at 4:01 pm

    Look at you slaying in Polka dress.You look amazing….that purse is so classy.

  • Reply Sofia CM. 03/03/2017 at 10:44 pm

    Looking good! Hugs from Zurich //Sofia ( )

  • Reply Ezil 04/03/2017 at 10:06 am

    This reminded me so much of when I started sewing and putting on my finished piece was cardio, I hated installing zippers and I think I still do.
    Absolutely love how your dress came out and that clutch girl…. we need to talk.

    • Styled by Milly
      Reply Styled by Milly 05/03/2017 at 7:09 pm

      Haha! I can totally relate.. but after all that struggle, the hard work really pays off! Remember there is always light at the end of the tunnel my dear. Thank you for reading šŸ™‚

  • Reply Natassia Crystal 04/03/2017 at 10:06 pm

    I love that dress.. the dots, the colours and the shape! It looks sooo good on you! šŸ™‚

    And those high heels go perfectly with it! šŸ™‚

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    • Styled by Milly
      Reply Styled by Milly 05/03/2017 at 7:09 pm

      Thank you Natassia. Wishing you a lovely week ahead šŸ™‚

  • Reply P-and-P 05/03/2017 at 2:33 pm

    Lovely dress and it’s awesome, that you made it by yourself. šŸ™‚

    P&P style ā™” ā˜Æ ā˜® — DIY — fashion — and more — ā˜® ā˜Æ ā™”

  • Reply Fashionably Idu 08/03/2017 at 5:37 am

    Hope your week is going great beautiful!

  • Reply Subomi Salami 08/03/2017 at 12:38 pm

    I love the polka dot print on the dress and it’s so amazing you made it by yourself! Great post dear!

    Ā­Ā­Subomi|My Fashion Musings

  • Reply MJ Junior 10/03/2017 at 7:26 pm

    This is so cute!

  • Reply Stephanie 11/03/2017 at 6:19 am

    Beautiful polka dotted dress!! You look lovely!


  • Reply Emma 17/10/2017 at 8:37 am

    you look lovely in everything…you can even wear a gunny big and still look awesome

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